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Firefighters from Alaska join effort to control Fontenelle blaze in Wyoming

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Firefighters work the north flank of the Fontenelle Fire outside Big Piney, Wyoming on Wednesday. Over 800 firefighters are working 15 hour shifts battling the fire that has exceeded 56,000 acres, according to fire information services. Record fire danger and long stretches of the red flag warning days have made it challenging to control. The crews are working and sleeping in close proximity to the fire in an effort to contain it. The blaze, burning in dead and thick stands of timber, started on June 24 and is currently 15 percent contained. Recently firefighting crews from as far away as Alaska have arrived to fight it.

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Firefighter Ryan Christian sits with his crew from Alaska before heading out to fight the Fontenelle Fire outside Big Piney, Wyoming.

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A firefighter works a burnout operation on the north flank of the Fontenelle Fire.

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A helicopter drops water on the north flank of the Fontenelle Fire outside Big Piney.

AP reports that fires are flaring up elsewhere in the west as light rains cooled Colorado's Waldo Canyon Fire:

Wildfires in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado sent haze and smoke across Colorado's Front Range, prompting air-quality health advisories as firefighters warned of growing fires in sparsely populated areas. 

As firefighting efforts continued, holiday fireworks were canceled across the region. Colorado officials were calling off holiday displays from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, while law enforcement was warning of hefty fines for people caught violating personal fireworks bans across the region.

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The worst fire season in recent history is taking its toll with large fires burning thousands of acres in Colorado while others consume areas in Montana, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming.